Event Archive

Innovation Summit (February 2020)
This 2020 Summit's theme was Building Alaska's Capacity to Innovate.

Innovation Summit (February 2019)
This 2019 Summit's theme was Designing Alaska's Future, followed by an in-depth look at entrepreneurship and Alaska's leading industries.

Innovation Summit (February 2018)
JEDC's seventh annual Summit featured author and entrepreneur Frans Johansson of The Medici Group. Frans has founded companies and hedge funds, advised Fortune 500 companies, and his books on innovation and leadership, THE MEDICI EFFECT and THE CLICK MOMENT, have cemented his role as a great thinker on diversity driven innovation. Other notable speakers included Governor Bill Walker, Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, Congressman Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Mayor Ken Koelsch.

Innovation Summit (February 2017)
Robert Tucker, President of The Innovation Resource, Angela Rodell, CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and Geoff Larson, Co-founder of Alaskan Brewing Co., were all featured speakers for JEDC's sixth annual Innovation Summit, where the summit's theme was "Capacity to Innovate".

Innovation Summit (February 2016)
JEDC's fifth annual Summit highlighted leveraging innovation, investment and entrepreneurship to drive a competitive, creative economy.

Innovation Summit (January 2015)
Building on the success of 2014, JEDC's fourth annual Summit highlighted best practices in innovation.

Innovation Summit (January 2014)
Building on the success of 2013, JEDC's third annual Summit highlighted best practices in innovation. Featured speakers were Dr. Thor Sigfusson, founder of the Iceland Ocean Cluster, as well as Mary Jo Waits, the Policy Director from the National Governors Association and regional legislators. The event also showcased the final winners of the Path to Prosperity entrepreneurship competition.

Innovation Summit (January 2013)
In the second year, JEDC broadened the event’s scope to include additional development topics. Innovation being a key driver of a modern economy we changed the name and redefined the mission of the summit to support and drive innovation in our region. Highlighted were dynamic speakers on topics such as Shared Value and The Role of Government in Supporting Innovation and panel discussions with innovative Alaskan business leaders, as well as federal and state policymakers.

Economic Summit (December 2011)
JEDC developed the Summit to bring together cluster working groups to advance their work and, by extension, the Southeast Alaska economy. This summit included working sessions and progress reports on Cluster initiatives, sessions on common issues impacting regional economic foundations, reports from cluster co-chairs and an industry/government policy panel discussion.

This summit also organized working sessions and progress reports by the individual Cluster Work Groups (CWGs), sessions on common issues impacting regional economic foundations, and an industry/government policy panel discussion.